Let me tell you all the ways you were meditating back when you had a flip phone and life was good.
Waiting for your best friends's texts: Laying on your bed, starring at the ceiling; thinking of funny comebacks ,gossip (latin for tea), just anything really... It was an on going, shared thought process, a think tank of everything going on , a play by play, support system, historical documentation of a time. (Major Meditation)
Waiting for your crushes texts: Laborious , but each message was like a permanent inscription in stone . (What do I want, what do they want, are they aligned ...meditation baby!)
Texting on a flip phone was a treat; a treat with instead of calories, a 90 or so word limit. They were real messages, filled with details and information . There were pauses, there was time in between; whether it was spent going on with your life. Or thinking why or what ..or even hope... ( That's meditation!).
With smart phones... there is no art. It's assumed a smart phone is on you all the time. Texts on texts, are sent in words, sentences, moving pictures. I will break down and compare the message receiving process from Flip to Touch.
Flip phone: Send text. Time goes by. You recieve a response.
Smart phone : text sent, see if there is a response pending with the little dots, or maybe, they haven't turned off the "read" receipt notification. & While you wait you might send someone else a text to fill the textless void or respond to someone you probably weren't planing on getting back to, but it feels good knowing that this person will in fact get back to you. & Maybe you then check your email, delete some spam. & Go on Instagram, snap chat, look at peoples profile, maybe even the person you are waiting to hear back from, & someone posted a story of a new youtube video, you scroll up and watch that, then another video catches your attention; you realize you are still logged into Instagram so you then look at the newest posts before getting off Instagram then checking your texts. Getting the response you were
waiting for, and the response from that person that you no longer need to fill the void with; that you may not reply to again.
10minutes-2 hours later.
But! It feels likes no time at all.
I'd like to think I am not glued to my phone by any means; but lately I have found myself making time for the process above. Time goes by and I wonder why I am tired. Wasn't I not really doing anything? And I know the real answer is I spent 10minutes-2+ hours not invested in my own reality. Sure I was amused; but I also probably overstimulated and binged on hundreds of smartphone empty calories.
Flip phone I was checking in, smart phone seems like I'm checking out.